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Nigeria: EFCC presents 2 witnesses against Shehu Sani over alleged fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, presented two witnesses before Justice I.E Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja against the former senator, representing Kaduna North Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani.

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Shehu Sani

The EFCC is prosecuting Senator Sani on a two-count criminal charge, bordering on intent to defraud and obtain the sum of USD 10,000.00 (Ten Thousand United States of America Dollars) from one Alhaji Sani Dauda, (ASD) under the false pretence, that the money was meant to bribe the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, to arrest and prosecute one Abubakar Musa.

At the resumed trial today, prosecuting counsel, Abba Mohammed, presented two witness: Beckley Ojo and Elizabeth Muka, who are compliance officers of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB).

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Ojo, who is the first prosecution witness (PW1), told the court that he personally generated the statement of the beneficiary’s account and forwarded it to the EFCC. He further explained that the name of the beneficiary from the covering letter who received the sum of N3.5million, (Three million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira) from Sani Dauda is Shareef Zailani Shanono.

According to him, the GTB  cheque issued by Dauda was an instruction to transfer the sum of N3.5 million to Shareef Zailani Shanono.

In the same vein, second prosecution witness (PW2), Muka revealed that there was a transfer of N5million (Five Million Naira), on November 20, 2019, which was carried out from the account of Dauda to one Abubakar Ahmed, adding that there was another N3million that was transferred to Shareef Shanono.

She further told the court that on January 23, 2020,  she packaged the account  opening documents, a cover memo and other documents and sent to the EFCC as the Commission requested.

Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter till tomorrow, February 26, 2020 for continuation of trial.

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Tony Orilade
Tony Orilade
Tony Orilade, a Nigerian journalist, is Acting Head, Media and Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja, Nigeria. This is an official statement from him. The headline might have been slightly modified.

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